Saturday, March 31, 2012

A package from the North River and a raw morning

This week a package arrived from Kiwi, over at the North River.   We will have to get out and try these on the local trout population.  I really like the soft hackle on the Killer bug.

This morning I was traveling home.  The day was raw and cold with a light rain but I needed a little mental health break.  There wasn't much action on the team of wets I was fishing so I switched up to the "march black" and found a few fish interested but most were quickly off when the hook landed home.  The only fish landed this morning was this beauty of a brown.

A gray raw day

Friday, March 23, 2012

Midges galore !

Had the chance to get out to a local wild trout stream in the middle of the day last Tuesday.  It was a warm, overcast day and the midges were everywhere including in my mouth as I stepped out of the car.  The trout were keyed into the midges from about 11am to 2pm when the olives started coming off.  Here's a short video that I took of the pool as I approached.

I usually cover a lot of water when I fish small streams but this afternoon I took 5 good sized browns from the same pool in a couple of hours.  The fish were very colorful with golden brown flanks and  fought as only wild fish do, including a couple of that put on quite an aerial show! All the fish were taking on a #20 Griffith's Gnat.  The last brown of the day was taken in some riffles using a soft hackle version of the bead head pheasant tail.

I visited the same stretch of water this afternoon arriving a little after 3PM.  When I arrived there was very little midge activity and a odd rising fish here and there.  I did manage two brook trout in the riffles on a parachute olive.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A turn on the Farmington

I had the chance to spend a late morning/early afternoon on the Farmington River on Saturday.  The last time I fished this river was before hurricane Irene and the early October snowstorm that brought so much damage.  These events definitely had their effect on both the shoreline and the river bottom!  I was expecting to see some stone flies at some point so started off with the march black but only had one brief tug.  There were sporadic rises here and there but nothing consistent and I was not certain the fish were taking stones.  As the afternoon warmed the frigid 43 degree water, the surface activity increased a bit so I switched over to a black two-fly-dry with a starling and herl trailing off the bend.  Three nice, broad shouldered, browns in the 14" range were brought to the net and a handful missed on a long drifts.  Two took the starling a herl and the other the dry.  Most of the misses appeared to be chasing the wet.  It was a nice day to be out, but the 'ole feet were sure getting cold after a couple of hours

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The March black

Pete and I have been test driving a few "experimental" wet flies during the extended emergence of the early blacks this past month.  While most of the wets have caught a few trout this bead head version of the black pheasant tail has out performed the others hands down.  When your buddy tells you he needs  more bead head black pheasant tail soft hackles you know you have a winner.  You can omit the bead head and fish this fly in the film for fish taking spent adult or emergers

The March black
TMC 3761 #16
black thread
black nickel bead
black pheasant tail fibers tail and abdomen
X-S cooper wire rib
peacock ice dub thorax
dark Indian hen back hackle

Thursday, March 8, 2012

An afternoon for wets

This afternoon was a clear warm early spring afternoon with temperatures in the mid 60's.  The water temperature (49) had come up 10 degrees since the prior weekend.  When I arrived there were a few small black stones in the air and a few fish rising.  But the stones never really came off in sufficient numbers to get any fish interested.  This was probably due to the gusting winds.  There were sporadic rising fish here and there but I think there were taking midges off the surface.  I opted to start with a dry trailed by a starling and herl wet.  One brown and a healthy 14" rainbow took the starling and herl in the first spot I fished.  After fishing the starling and herl through another promising run,  the starling and herl, was swaped for a bead head pheasant tail soft hackle and another decent rainbow was brought to the net.   With the wind continuing to blow, I switched over to a tandem wet rig with the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle on point and a march brown winged wet as the dropper.  A brown was picked up in some shallow riffles on the march brown wet and the best rainbow of the day was taken on the pheasant tail to bring to an end a beautiful march afternoon.  This afternoon fish were taken on three wets, the starling and herl (2), the bead head pheasant tail (2), and the march brown winged wet (1).

One of several decent rainbows

The earth is beginning to show signs of the coming spring

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Euro nymphing practice session I

The forecast for today was for warm, wet weather and eventually the temperature did reach the 50's (F).  By mid-morning the mercury had not broken out of the 30's and the rain which started the previous evening was still coming down.  It looked like a good opportunity to get in some euro nymphing practice.  With the stained, cold water nymphing seemed like the best option.

The river was up from the recent rain, off color, and cold (39F).  This morning I brought two rods, one rigged to fish wets and the other set up to nymph.  I had a few bumps using the wets but the double nymph rig was the ticket accounting for 4 cookie cutter 14" rainbows and two browns.  The olive rubber legged bugger and the hot spot black pheasant tail both caught their equal share.  This morning's practice session provided some much needed confidence with this new technique.

Hot spot black pheasant tail
TMC 2487 #14
tungsten nickel bead
black thread
fine gold wire
black pheasant tail fibers
hot pink/pearl blended dubbing